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Texas legislators reject marijuana research amendment for PTSD

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Texas legislators have rejected an amendment to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research bill which would have included marijuana as one of the topics of research.

Despite heavy lobbying from veterans, including a dedicated lobby day and extensive testimony during a committee hearing for medical cannabis, 81 legislators voted down Rep. David Simpson’s amendment for House Bill 3404.

Rep. Jeff Leach led the effort against the amendment, questioning if taxpayers were going to fund the research, even as the research takes place on the same budget regardless of what is studied. He also asked if the study would be a clinical trial or peer reviewed, however no such trials would take place, only research into existing data.

Only seven legislators voted in favor of the amendment.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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